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Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears (original 1975; edition 1980)

by Verna Aardema

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Title:Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears
Authors:Verna Aardema
Info:Scholastic (1980), Paperback
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Why Mosquitos Buzz in People's Ears by Verna Aardema (1975)


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This story starts with a mosquito who tells a fib to the iguana. The iguana pts sticks in his ears and doesn't say good morning to the snake. The snake then goes and set off another animal do to something that sets off another animal....which ends in one of the owls babies dyeing. She is so sad she does not hoot which normally brings the sun up. The lion has a meeting to understand why the owl won't hoot and they go through all the animals until they come to the mosquito. The mosquito now goes around buzzing in peoples ears to find out if everyone is still mad at her.
  Melody.Ryan | Mar 16, 2015 |
This is a great story to teach cause and effect, especially the effect ones actions have on the entire community, beyond simply the ones who are initially involved. ( )
  reynolds2 | Mar 14, 2015 |
This is a story about a chin reaction that begins when a mosquito tells an iguana a secret. It ends up going through a whole group of animals and then Mother Owl does not hoot and wake the sun. This is a funny story.
  RachelHollingsworth | Feb 3, 2015 |
This book is based on an African fable and includes stunning, bright, and expressive illustrations. It is a morality story about lies and consequences. This fable could be enjoyed by children in early education through elementary school. It would be a great choice to spark discussion of cause and effect and/or consequences.

Art medium used: watercolor airbrush, pastels, India ink, cut shapes ( )
  EliseMT | Jan 18, 2015 |
A very beautiful book and a great lesson. A child can learn a lot from the story, but also a new place.
  Madison_DeWeerdt | Dec 4, 2014 |
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Verna Aardemaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dillon, DianeIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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One morning a mosquito saw an iguana drinking at a waterhole.
Is everyone still mad at me?
Mosquito told me such a big lie, I couldn't bear to listen to it. So I put sticks in my ears.
I'd rather be deaf than listen to such nonsense!
It was the mosquito's fault
The mosquito said, "I saw a farmer digging yams that were almost as big as I am."
"What's a mosquito compared to a yam?" snapped the iguana grumpily.
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This West African pourquoi tale explains why mosquitoes buzz in people's ears. It all starts with Mosquito telling a lie to Iguana. Tired of listening to Mosquito, Iguana puts twigs in his own ears. When Python tries to talk to Iguana and Iguana doesn't respond to him, it sets off a chain of events that leads to the sun not rising in the morning. King Lion must learn the story of the events leading back to Mosquito's lie in order to get Mother Owl to call the sun. The story is enhanced by beautiful Caldecott winning illustrations.

If you enjoyed this story, try "Ahanti to Zulu: African Traditions".
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